Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

No-fly rules finalised, has minimum 2-year ban

No-fly rules finalised, has minimum 2-year ban

As per the guidelines, ban on passengers is on three levels. This will result in the passenger being banned from air travel for a maximum of three months.

No-fly offence level 2: Physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching). Life threatening behaviour, including damage to aircraft and violence of any kind, will attract a ban of two years or more. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of minimum 2 years. Emphasising the Government's commitment to ensuring safety, Raju said that the concept of the No-Fly List is based on the concern for the safety of passengers, crew and the aircraft, and not just on security threat.

Though the plan for a no-fly list has been in the offing from a long time, the demand for the same gained momentum in recent times after several cases of misbehaviour, mostly by politicians, were reported.

Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP assaulted an Air India staffer aboard a plane in March. The no-fly list has been released by the aviation ministry and it will be applicable with immediate effect.

The onboard or in flight offences have been divided into three categories depending on the graveness of the unruly and disruptive behaviour. "We took suggestions from all the stakeholders and have also taken into consideration the Tokyo Convention".

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the new rules have been promulgated after a lot of deliberation and consultation with all stakeholders.

Other domestic carriers "will not be bound by the no-fly list of an airline", implying that they are free to decide whether or not to bar a passenger already banned by one of the airlines for his/her misconduct. "Aggrieved persons can appeal within a period of 60 days to the Appellate Committee formed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation".

As per the vehicle provisions, the internal committee will have to decide the matter within 30 days, and specify the duration of the ban.

The Airline has the right to immediately ban the unruly passenger and the process of judiciating the ban will be completed in the next 30 days by an internal committee. The panel will consist of a retired judge and representatives of the consumer forum and airlines. The carrier concerned will set up an internal committee with a retired district and sessions judge as head and with a representative from another airline and passengers/consumer association each as members.

Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey said it will not be mandatory for other airlines to ban the same passenger. The no fly list is expected to curb the menace.

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